“A planned aircraft maintenance facility will boost private operations”

Private aircraft owners under the National Association of Private Aircraft Owners have said the planned aircraft maintenance facility in Abuja will bolster their operations.

The association’s president, Alex Nwuba, said this in the context of the federal government’s approval of land for the establishment of the facility.

“This will help private airline operations, in addition to supporting commercial airlines. We hope the government will go all the way,” he said.

The federal government said a multi-billion naira aircraft maintenance facility would also be located on the 12,000 hectares of land earmarked for the national carrier and Abuja second runway projects.

On Thursday, the Federal Ministry of Aviation received a certificate of occupancy for the 12,000 hectares of land in Abuja to execute some key aviation projects.

A statement released by the Acting Director General for Corporate Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, said the certificate was issued to Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika by the FCT Minister , Muhammad Bello.

He said the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Mohammed Shehu, who represented Sirika, described the second runway project for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja as one of the main facilities to be built on the land.

“The second runway project has been awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria Limited and the site has been handed over to the company,” the statement read in part.

He added: “Other projects that would be executed under the aviation roadmap include maintenance, repair and overhaul center, aviation leasing company, agro-allied cargo terminals , the aerotropolis or the airport city.

“Others include the national carrier, Africa Aerospace and Aviation University, and the second runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.”

He said some of the benefits that would accrue to Nigeria upon completion of the projects were employment opportunities, improved transfer of technology, increased foreign exchange earnings and growth in gross domestic product contribution.

The agency added that other benefits were the backward integration of aircraft maintenance and repair facilities for domestic and international carriers, improved ease of doing business in Nigeria, reduced leakage capital; increase in bilateral air service agreements with other countries, among others.

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